Count Luna and Manrico are fighting on opposite sides of Spanish civil war. At the same time, they rival for Leonora, who however loves Manrico. A terrible past casts a shadow on them: Manricos alleged mother had thrown what she thought to be Lunas brother into a fire – in reality she had, bewildered, killed her own baby, and risen Lunas brother in her own child’s place, under the name of Manrico. When Manrico is arrested and sentenced to death, Leonora offers her life to save him. Count Luna learns that she has poisoned herself to escape her fate to live on his side, and orders Manrico to be executed. A desperated Azucena tells him, that he had killed his own brother-german, that she had risen unawaredly…
Cast | 10.09.2017
|Set design||Graziano Gregori|
|Production assistant||Boris Stetka|
|Assistant set designer||Angelo Linzalata|
|Il Conte di Luna||George Petean|
Long ago, the previous Spanish Count di Luna had an old woman burned at the stake because he believed she was responsible for bewitching his younger son, little García. Out of revenge, Azucena, the old woman’s
daughter, abducted García. Shortly thereafter, the charred skeleton of a child was found. The old count refused to believe that García was dead and, shortly before he died, made his older son swear never to give up looking for his missing brother.
Fifteen years later, civil war was raging in Spain, and the remaining older son – now Count di Luna – had become a soldier. The troubadour Manrico, who believes himself to be Azucena’s son, is fighting for the other side.
Manrico and di Luna also find themselves confronting each other in the field of love: both are in love with the lady-in-waiting Leonora, who for her part loves Manrico. One night Leonora hears Manrico singing close by in the palace garden; she runs to meet him. Confused by the dark, she throws herself into the arms of the man whom she recognizes too late as Count di Luna. Thus he finds out that Leonora is in love with Manrico. Manrico also comes running, whereupon di Luna challenges him to duel. Di Luna is defeated, but
Manrico spares his life.
Sometime later, Manrico is present when Azucena experiences a vision in which she once again lives through the terrible death of her mother at the stake. Half out of her mind, Azucena admits that she vengefully thrust a child into the flames – but through a terrible mistake she burned her own child and not the abducted child. She is however able to allay Manrico’s mounting doubts: he is her son.
When Leonora receives the false report that Manrico was defeated in the duel, she determines to enter a convent. To prevent her from doing so, di Luna plans to kidnap her. However he is stopped by Manrico, who takes the opportunity to flee with Leonora to Castellor castle, of which he has been appointed commander.
When Azucena tries to make her way to Manrico, she is captured by di Luna’s followers. Manrico sets out to free her, but also falls into the hands of his enemy. In despair, Leonora offers herself to di Luna if he will pardon Manrico. Di Luna happily accepts this proposition, little knowing that Leonora has taken poison to avoid having to spend her life with the Count, whom she does not love. She manages to inform her beloved
Manrico about his pardon before dying in his arms. Furious, di Luna orders that Manrico be executed. The execution has scarcely taken place when Azucena spits the words at him: “That was your brother.”
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